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Durham Writers’ Salon

By |2018-06-21T16:02:11+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

This is a guest post by Allison Kirkland Part of the reason that I joined the Mothership is because I am an extrovert who is good at introverted jobs (like editing and lesson planning) and working from home drained all my energy. That’s also one of the reasons I love running the monthly Durham Writers’ [...]

On Disconnecting

By |2018-06-14T19:33:19+00:00June 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Yes. We are writing about disconnecting from the internet, on the internet. The irony is not lost on us.   “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott   There are several factors that keep us glued to our devices and work besides the proven [...]

Freedom is Free

By |2018-06-12T18:21:10+00:00June 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This is a guest post by Marcella Camara. To be transparent, I didn’t come up with the name “Freedom is Free” by myself. I take much pride in coining the name “Young, Gifted, and Broke,” but the credit for Freedom is Free lies in the hands of Mexican-American indie rock band Chicano Batman. It’s the [...]

How to Network While Staying Genuine

By |2018-05-25T20:17:20+00:00May 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Ever felt just a little bit icky about networking? You’re not alone. (Shout out to all the introverts!) Going to networking events can be one of those activities you know you should be doing but either don’t know how or don’t know where to start. Below we’ve outlined some of our best practices to make [...]

6 Insider Tips for New Members

By |2018-05-15T16:22:23+00:00May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Our spaceship has a few tricks you may have not heard of (besides the tractor beams and lasers, of course). Whether you’re new to The Mothership or have been around for years – we think you’ll be surprised to learn a few insider hacks to make the most of the space. […]

5 Upcoming Events for Durham Creatives

By |2018-04-24T18:08:57+00:00April 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

We love community even if it’s outside our spaceship. We’re casting a light from our little ship onto all the other magical ventures going on round town. GeekCraft Expo If you love superheroes, comics, movies, or video games, GeekCraft Expo is the event for you. We are talking about wall to wall nerdom where you [...]

Don’t Fight The Data

By |2017-09-12T20:29:34+00:00September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Somewhere along the way I heard a saying, “You can’t know what you don’t measure and you can’t change what you don’t know.” Over the years of being self-employed, I have become very reliant on data about my business. I keep a spreadsheet with multiple tabs, including a goals tab and a summary [...]

The Worth of Your Work

By |2017-08-25T20:10:49+00:00August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

One of the biggest challenges that creative independents face as they build their businesses is pricing and invoicing. It’s uncomfortable. It feels made up. The general ickiness in deciding and then having to tell someone how much money they owe you (or will owe you) can seem inescapable. But with the right [...]

Sustainability: balancing money and meaning

By |2017-08-10T19:11:31+00:00August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When you're doing independent or creative work, it's maddening to try to figure out what success looks like. Have you reached success when you can earn some extra spending money? Or when you quit your day job? Or is it when you can take tropical vacations? Internally, we tend to think about success as a [...]

Our First Supper Club

By |2017-08-04T17:41:10+00:00August 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

As you may have heard, in June we launched a brand new event series here at The Mothership called Supper Club. It's a bit of a spin off of another event, Member Brunch, that we've been hosting for our members for years and has come to be a an important source of rhythm, [...]